DETROIT (WXYZ) — After announcing earlier in August that fans would not be attendance at Ford Field for the first two home games of the season, the Detroit Lions say they hope fans can return to the stadium as soon as Nov. 1 for their game against the Indianapolis Colts.
“There’s a lot of time thankfully for us between now and our third game of the season,” said Detroit Economic Club President Rod Wood on Monday. “The way the schedule worked out, it’s Nov. 1 against the Colts. We have an early bye and we have several road games. So we do have some time hopefully to see how things continue to progress with the virus.”
If fans will be allowed in the game, they will have to wear face coverings at all times.
Additionally, the Lions have also made several updates to Ford Field. Those include:
- New air filtration system
- More than 250 touchless hand sanitizer stands throughout concourses along with touchless faucets, toilets and paper towel dispensers in every restroom
- Plexiglass at every point of sale location throughout stadium
- Points of sale have been adapted to process cashless transactions
- Electrostatic sprayers that enable a quick and effective disinfecting process
- Food options to be pre-prepared and properly packaged
“Obviously we hope that goes well in those stadiums so we can learn and watch what happens there,” Wood said, “And continue to work with the governor’s office and her advisers to get them comfortable that we can host fans in a way that’s safe, which I’m very comfortable and confident that we can."